Joanne Mattera


Joanne Mattera Biography

Joanne Mattera works in a style that is chromatically resonant and compositionally reductive. She has had solo shows in New York City at the Stephen Haller Gallery (1995) and OK Harris Works of Art (1996, 2007), and has shown since then with the Elizabeth Harris Gallery and in curated exhibitions with the group American Abstract Artists. Currently she is represented in New York by dm contemporary,  where she curated A Few Conversations About Color in January 2015, and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, where her solo, The Silk Road Paintings, took place in May 2015.

In Boston she is represented by Arden Gallery; her solo, I Always Return to Hue, took place there in 2016. She is represented elsewhere around the country: in Atlanta by the Marcia Wood Gallery; in Denver by Space Gallery; in San Francisco by Adler & Co. Gallery; and in Tucson, Arizona, by Conrad Wilde Gallery. Joanne also enjoys associations with Projects Gallery, Miami; Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.; and the Boston Drawing Project at Carroll & Sons Gallery. 

Recently Joanne was part of a 10-artist exhibition, 10 Ways, curated by Lorenza Sannai, which traveled from Milan to Bonn to Berlin to Paris. The exhibition included Joanne's paintings, works on paper., and a small book series.

Joanne's work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; Connecticut College Print Department; University Collections at the University of Albany; Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.; the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.; and institutional and private collections internationally. An illustrated resume can be seen here.  

In addition to her studio practice, Joanne writes regularly and curates occasionally. Through her Joanne Mattera Art Blog she reports on exhibitions and art fairs in New York City, Miami, and elsewhere.   

Curatorial projects include Textility in 2012 at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, which she organized with the institution’s curator, Mary Birmingham; projects at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown in 2011 and 2012; the aforementioned A Few Conversations about Color at dm contemporary in Manhattan in 2015; and the upcoming Depth Perception at the Cape Cod Museum of Art , Dennis, Massachusetts, which she is curating with Cherie Mittenthal in conjunction with the 11th International Encaustic Conference.

Joanne is the founder and director emerita of the International Encaustic Conference, an event devoted to a contemporary medium with a historic past. Relatedly, she is the author of the first commercially published book on encaustic in half a century, The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax (Watson-Guptill, 2001). Currently she is the editor of ProWax Journal, a quarterly online magazine for professional artists working in wax and encaustic. 

Joanne's work is included in Geoform, an international online project curated by the artist Julie Karabenick, which is focused on contemporary geometric abstraction.     

Joanne divides her time between New York and Massachusetts.